NEW Regulation for Healthcare Facilities and others
U.S. EPA published a final Rule on 11 December 2018 that prohibits the discharge of any pharmaceutical to the sanitary sewer. The Rule becomes effective 21 August 2019 and is applicable to a wide range of healthcare facilities (including stores, vets, clinics, doctor's and dental offices) and reverse distributors. If your business handles any kind of pharmaceutical or over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies, it will be affected by this new regulation. Find out more at: www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/final-rule-management-standards-hazardous-waste-pharmaceuticals-and-amendment-p075
Permission To Discharge to Sanitary Sewer
Since every waste stream is unique, businesses should contact Environmental Services and speak to the IP Program coordinator to obtain permission to discharge to the sanitary sewer.
Be prepared to provide all of the following information:
- types and amounts of pollutants the wastes contain- MSDS and sample analyses may be required;
- industrial wastewater classification survey;
- total volume of the wastes;
- how the wastes will be discharged; and
- frequency of the discharge (one time, intermittent or continuous).
Discharge must not cause pass through or interference of the POTW.
All costs associated with sampling a waste are the responsibility of the discharger.
The treatment plant may accept high strength wastes. High strength is considered wastes with pollutant loadings greater than domestic values (BOD>340 mg/L, TSS>250 mg/L or TKN>50 mg/L). Surcharges are applicable. Slug loads are prohibited.
Do I Need a Discharge Permit?
Contact Environmental Services and work with the IPP coordinator. You are required to obtain a permit if your business meets the EPA's definition of Significant Industrial User (40 CFR 403.3 (v)) even if you do not discharge.
What will be my Discharge Limits in a Permit? This will be determined with the IPP coordinator.
- For nonconventional parameters (metals, cyanide), limitations are based on the most stringent value for the specific categorical pretreatment standards for your industry and local limits listed in Municipal Code 14.08.312.
- For conventional parameters (BOD, TSS, TKN), limits are based on your discharge volume and the WWTP loadings available for all SIUs. Please note that limitations on conventional pollutants is used to avoid slug loading upon the WWTP. Pollutant loads exceeding residential wastewater values are subject to surcharge fees.
Learn more about hazardous wastes reporting requirements.
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Boulder County Hazardous Materials Facility will accept hazardous wastes for a fee from businesses that have CESQG status.